The hub for news related to all 500 Festival events & programs

Welcome to the 500 Festival newsroom – your hub for news related to all 500 Festival events and programs. The newsroom will provide you with media resources including press releases, downloadable photos, and videos, and how to request media credentials. Logos for the 500 Festival are available upon request.


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Media Contact

Lindsay Labas, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
317.614.6141 |


Media Credentials

There’s nothing quite like the Month of May in Indianapolis! We hope can join us at our events and programs.

Request Media Credentials

Requests may be submitted all at once or at least 2 weeks prior to each event listed.

Credential Guidelines

  1. A media credential does not mean “all access.” Pay close attention to your credential and the instructions provided with them.
  2. Due to existing contractual agreements, there are restrictions on live broadcasts of some 500 Festival events.
  3. Photos may not be sold or used for advertorial purposes.
  4. Media credentials do not permit access on the running course or into athlete start and finish areas.
  5. Credential pick-up, event schedules, and further details will be sent out at least one week before each event. You are responsible for picking up your credential(s) at the 500 Festival Office Tuesdays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  6. The 500 Festival holds the right to approve, deny or revoke any and all assigned credentials.
  7. Credentials are assigned per person, and should not be transferred to another media member or non-media persons, or they will be revoked.
  8. Freelance journalists may be asked to submit a printed copy or tape of their most recent coverage.
  9. Media must wear their credentials and carry valid photo identification when covering 500 Festival events.
  10. By requesting a media credential, you agree to all terms and conditions set forth.


PLEASE NOTE: Any requests to cover events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Snake Pit, Indy 500, qualifications, Carb Day, etc.) must be submitted to IMS directly, HERE. The 500 Festival does not handle their requests.

Press Releases

June 1, 2023

Registration Open for Indianapolis 500 Mile and Gasoline Alley 250 Mile Challenges, benefiting the 500 Festival

Participants challenged to complete 250 or 500 miles of physical activity over a course of about three months     INDIANAPOLIS (June 1, 2023) – The 500 Festival today announces the return of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Challenge and the Gasoline Alley 250 Mile Challenge, benefiting the 500 Festival. These virtual fitness challenges allow participants to …

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May 30, 2023

Winners Announced from 2023 500 Festival Employee Wellness Challenge, presented by Aon 

The 500 Festival today announces the winning teams of the 2023 Employee Wellness Challenge for the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K.  The 500 Festival Employee Wellness Challenge, presented by Aon, gets Hoosiers up and moving to create a healthier Indiana. The Employee Wellness Challenge promotes wellness, team building, a healthy …

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May 25, 2023

500 Festival Announces 2023 AES 500 Festival Parade Float Awards

The 500 Festival today announces the float award winners for the 2023 AES 500 Festival Parade. Floats were judged on several different criteria and were evaluated by a panel of judges. The floats are awarded for recognition and tradition as no monetary prizes are given. This annual and fun competition brings prestige to the AES …

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May 20, 2023

Mykah Coleman Announced as the 2023 500 Festival Queen Scholar 

The 500 Festival today announced that Mykah Coleman of Indianapolis, IN, has been named the 2023 500 Festival Queen Scholar. The announcement was made at the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard, presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc., event held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Coleman is a junior at Marian University and pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. She is actively involved in …

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May 18, 2023

500 Festival Announces Winners of 2023 Essay Contest and Best Classroom Contest for the 500 Festival & Indianapolis 500 Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health   

23,344 Hoosier fourth graders participated in the 2023 program    The 500 Festival, today announces the winners of its essay contest and best classroom contest for the 2023 500 Festival and Indianapolis 500 Education Program, presented by Indiana University Health. This year, 23,344 Indiana fourth-grade students took part in the Education Program.     The …

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May 17, 2023

Brigadier General Marcus B. Annibale, U.S. Marine Corps to be Keynote Speaker of The American Legion 500 Festival Memorial Service

The 500 Festival today announces that Brigadier General Marcus B. Annibale, USMC, will be the keynote speaker at The American Legion 500 Festival Memorial Service. The Memorial Service will be held Friday, May 26 at 3:30 p.m. at the Indiana War Memorial in downtown Indianapolis. The event is free and open to the public.      …

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May 12, 2023

500 Festival and Indianapolis Colts Announce Extensive Community Partnership

The 500 Festival announced today that the Indianapolis Colts have committed to an extensive community partnership, through which the Colts will provide community activations across numerous events during the Month of May and beyond. In support of the 500 Festival Foundation’s Fueling the Community Campaign, the Colts donated a generous $50,000 gift, which the 500 …

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May 6, 2023

Panuel Mkungo and Anna Rohrer (Heiny) win the 47th OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon

Thousands of participants from 16 different countries, 5 continents, and 50 states crossed the finish line today at the 2023 OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K.   Panuel Mkungo from Kenya won the men’s race with a new course record time of 1:01:44, and Anna Rohrer (Heiny) of Carmel, Indiana, won …

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May 3, 2023

Grand-Prize Winners of the Kickoff to May Coloring Contest Announced at 500 Festival Kickoff to May, presented by STAR Bank

Each grand-prize winner to receive a $500 scholarship, courtesy of STAR Bank and a free 1-year membership to the INDYCAR Nation Rookie Program, courtesy of INDYCAR    The 500 Festival today publicly announced two grand-prize winners of the 2023 500 Festival Kickoff to May Coloring Contest, presented by STAR Bank. The two young race fans …

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May 3, 2023

500 Festival Foundation Announces $5 Million Capital Campaign

Goal to meet the community’s needs and reach even more people    For over 25 years, the 500 Festival Foundation has made the 500 Festival’s free education, fitness, and leadership development programs and initiatives possible, impacting the lives of 100,000 Indiana youth and families each year.    In response to the growing community need for …

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